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Teacher Education (Consecutive)

Queen's Diploma & Bachelor of Education (Consecutive) programs prepare high school and university graduates to become educators and qualify for Ontario College of Teachers certification.

  • Teacher candidates outside Duncan McArthur Hall

    Our program starts in May & runs 4 successive terms.

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    Teacher candidates complete their coursework at Duncan McArthur Hall.

  • A teacher candidate practicing on a SmartBoard.

    Workshops also prepare teacher candidates for the classroom.

  • A teacher candidate lying on a large carpet map.

    Teacher candidates also get to test some unique teaching tools.

  • A teacher candidate leading a group exercise outside.

    Teacher candidates teach each other inside & outside of the classroom.

  • A teacher candidate practice teaching.

    Teacher candidates complete practicum placements in schools.

  • A teacher candidate holding puppets.

    Alternative practicum placements are done outside the school setting.

  • A teacher candidate in front of the Colosseum in Rome holding a Queen’s flag.

    Teacher candidates can qualify for funding for placements overseas.

  • Extracurricular events & activities further support teaching & learning.


  • University graduates earn a second degree: Bachelor of Education.
  • Secondary school graduates may earn a Diploma of Education in Aboriginal Teacher Education or Technological Education only. 
  • 4 successive terms, starting in May and ending in August the following year. Most other faculties of education offer their program over 2 years, with typical fall and winter semesters. Queen's graduates are out into the job market one year early.
  • All students take a concentration by combining a Focus course, an Educational Studies course, and the Alternative Practicum. Students can apply to the Aboriginal Teacher Education, Artist in Community Education, and Outdoor & Experiential Education and Technological Education programs.
  • For both Primary-Junior (K - Grade 6) and Intermediate-Senior (Grades 7 - 12).
  • 20 weeks of placements, including an alternative practicum that can be done outside a school setting and anywhere in the world as long as it is related to the program.
  • Travel Fellowships support education-related travel outside Canada for alternative practicum placements.

Intermediate-Senior Teaching Subjects

Candidates in the Intermediate-Senior program option choose two of the following subjects:

  • Computer Studies
  • Dramatic Arts
  • English
  • French as a Second Language
  • Geography
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Music – Instrumental
  • Music – Vocal
  • Native Studies
  • Science – Biology
  • Science – Chemistry
  • Science – Physics
  • Visual Arts

Courses & Concentrations

Brief descriptions of the courses offered in the Consecutive program can be found in the Faculty of Education calendar.  Course offerings and program requirements are subject to change each year.

Concentrations are offered to both Primary-Junior and Intermediate-Senior teacher candidates.  By combining a Focus course, an Educational Studies course, and the Alternative Practicum, teacher candidates can tailor their program to their interests and form a concentration in areas such as:

  • Teaching in Business and Industry
  • Teaching At-Risk Youth
  • Educators Abroad
  • Exceptional Learners
  • Aboriginal Teacher Education
  • Artist in Community Education
  • Outdoor and Experiential Education

To do a concentration in Aboriginal Teacher Education, Artist in Community Education, or Outdoor & Experiential Education, candidates are required to apply through OUAC/TEAS. For more information, see How to Apply.


Regular Practicum placements mean that you will work alongside other education professionals in classrooms for 20 weeks: one component in the first summer (3 weeks); two components in the fall (3 weeks each); one component in the winter term (4 weeks) followed by an alternative practicum (3 weeks); and one component in the second summer (4 weeks).

The three-week Alternative Practicum offers an opportunity to gain experience in a concentration and placements are typically completed outside the public school system. You can do the Alternative Practicum anywhere in the world as long as it is related to your program. We also provide travel fellowships that can help you get there.

International Opportunities

Many teacher candidates interested in teaching internationally take advantage of the opportunity to do the alternative practicum abroad. Previous candidates have acquired placements at, for instance, Kew Gardens in the UK, the DAH Theatre Research Centre in Belgrade, Marymount School in Paris, Canadian International School in Hong Kong, Graded School in Sao Paulo, and Hisar School in Turkey. Education Career Services has a large network of international schools and have been able to facilitate successful job searches for thousands of graduates.

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements are in the Queen's section of the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre Teacher Education Application Service (TEAS) Instruction Booklet. 2016-17 applications, admission requirements and application instructions will be available mid-September 2015.

Selection of applicants is based on:

  1. meeting the admission requirements and/or recommendations;
  2. the number of spaces available in the option/teaching subject/program track requested;
  3. Practicum placement availability;
  4. the score from the Personal Statement of Experience; and
  5. the score based on the academic average and number of prerequisites and/or recommended courses.

The scores from “4” and “5” above have equal weight.

See also How to Apply.

For information regarding admission, please contact Student Services.

Admission Recommendations for Primary-Junior & Intermediate-Senior

Applicants are recommended to have:

  1. A minimum “B” average based on the grading scheme of the issuing postsecondary institution.
  2. One half‑year course in Developmental Psychology (or equivalent) or one full‑year course in Introductory Psychology (or equivalent).
  3. Completed a four‑year honours undergraduate degree (20 full‑year courses). Applicants with less than 20 full-year courses are recommended to take additional courses to add up to 20, as this can be an advantage for salary and advancement when teaching.

*Recommended courses provide a broader subject knowledge that will be helpful with a teaching career.

Unless otherwise specified, throughout the Admissions Policies, a “course” means a university‑level or second‑year CEGEP course.

“One full‑year course” means a full‑year course or its equivalent (e.g., two half‑year courses).

Primary-Junior Recommendations

In addition to the above, it is recommended that Primary-Junior applicants complete a minimum of one half‑year course in any of the following six discipline areas. These six areas are incorporated in the content and pedagogy of Ontario Primary-Junior curriculum:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • The Arts (visual arts, music, drama, film studies, Shakespeare, children’s literature)
  • Geography or Canadian History
  • Health and/or Physical Education

Intermediate-Senior Requirements/Recommendations

  1. Please refer to the Teaching Subject Course Requirements (below) for the required and/or recommended courses for teaching subjects offered in the Queen’s Teacher Education program.
  2. It is recommended that applicants have a minimum “B” average in the courses that meet the teaching subject requirements.
  3. Five full‑year courses are required for the first teaching subject; three full‑year courses are required for the second teaching subject (four are required if Music is the second teaching subject). Completing some of the teaching subject courses from upper‑year course offerings at the university level is recommended. Consideration for offers of admission may be given at the discretion of Student Services.
  4. Each course taken in preparation for a teaching subject may be used only once towards either teaching subject (i.e., “double counting” is not acceptable).
  5. A maximum of one full‑year course will be accepted from outside the department of the teaching subject (refer to “Notes about postsecondary transcripts”, item iii. above).

Teaching Subject Requirements

Computer Studies

No additional requirements.

Dramatic Arts


  • One full‑year practical studio course (acting or directing); and
  • One half‑year course in theatre history (which may include any of the following components: performance in western and eastern theatre traditions from early classical eras to the end of the 19th century, a survey of production methods, and architecture).


  • One half‑year course in theatre production (which may include any of the following components: stage management, scenery design, costumes, lighting and sound systems).



  • One full‑year course with Canadian content in English literature or poetry; and
  • One full‑year or a combination of two half‑year courses in any of the following:
    • English literature
    • Poetry
    • Creative writing

An acceptable equivalent for the full‑year writing course would be one full‑year English course or equivalent that includes an exploration of writing in a variety of literary genres (e.g., poetry, drama, fiction and non‑fictional prose).

French as a Second Language


  • One full‑year course with strong overall grammar review at a minimum second‑year level; and
  • One full‑year comprehensive literature course; and
  • One full‑year oral communication course.



  • One half‑year course in Canadian geography (physical and/or human).


  • Courses in Canadian geography, economic geography, geomatics (GIS/GPS), global development, ecosystems/ecozones.



  • One full‑year survey course in Canadian History.


  • Two or more of the following courses central to the History program taught in Ontario secondary schools:
    • Modern European History
    • American History
    • Ancient & Medieval History
    • World Politics

Courses from a department other than history may have sufficient history content to be counted toward full or partial course requirements.



  • Courses beyond those in the core calculus/analysis stream.

A related course may be considered (up to a maximum of one full‑year course or equivalent) if the course has a math or statistics course listed as an exclusion; in these cases, calendar descriptions listing the exclusion must be sent to Student Services.

Music (Instrumental or Vocal)

Applicants may not select both Music – Instrumental and Music – Vocal as teaching subjects.


  • A minimum of one full‑year university course in each of the following areas of music study:
  • Music theory; and
  • Music history; and
  • Applied music; and
  • Music education.

The music history course may include musicology, ethnomusicology and/or popular music. The applied music course is equivalent to a Grade 8 Conservatory certificate. Music Education courses may include courses in second instruments, conducting, music education methods and/or music technology.

Native Studies

No additional course requirements.

Science – Biology


  • One full‑year course that has a major laboratory component, from a university biology department.

Note: Only one full‑year course in each of biochemistry and human biology will be accepted.


  • Any or all of the following courses will be useful: cell biology, ecology, genetics, microbiology, plant and animal (invertebrate and vertebrate – including human) biology.

Science – Chemistry


  • One full‑year course in introductory chemistry; and
  • One half‑year course in organic chemistry.

Only one full‑year course in biochemistry will be accepted. Applicants with an undergraduate degree in engineering must specify the chemistry content of each course and supply calendar descriptions.

Science – Physics


  • One full‑year, first‑year introductory physics; and
  • One half‑year course in electricity & magnetism beyond first‑year introductory physics.

Applicants with an undergraduate degree in engineering must identify the physics content of each course, using mechanics, sound, optics, and electricity and magnetism as headings, supplemented by calendar descriptions, to indicate the physics content in any course not labelled as Physics.

Visual Arts


  • Two full‑year courses in comprehensive studio practice (including drawing and painting); and
  • One full‑year survey course in art history.


  • Studio practice in printmaking and/or three‑dimensional design.
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